Life of George Muddle – Diary of a Ordinary Person in the Hunter Valley of the 1840s-1850s

  For the past twenty years, the Dudley Museum has held a xerox copy of a manuscript diary kept by George Muddle (1823-1889) documenting, in the main, his life as a servant worker on Charles Boydell’s estate Camerallyn, located between the Paterson and Allyn Rivers in the Hunter Region, on an almost daily basis from … More Life of George Muddle – Diary of a Ordinary Person in the Hunter Valley of the 1840s-1850s

“They sent me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter” – Book Launch

On Tuesday 31 July 2019, the publication “They sent me north: Female Convicts in the Hunter” compiled by Mel Woodford with Jan Richards, edited by Elizabeth James from the Newcastle Family History Society (NFHS) was launched at the Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library. The book has many contributions by the descendants of female convicts and members … More “They sent me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter” – Book Launch

George Wyndham’s Dalwood Cricket Team

George Wyndham’s Dalwood Cricket Team By Don Seton Wilkinson This photograph shows George Wyndham with his cricket team in the 1860s. The Maitland Mercury of 2 June 1863, reported a match between the Dalwood Eleven and Maitland United Eleven, won by Maitland, listing the Dalwood members as being: John Newman, W.Wyndham, Graham, Chas.Wyndham, G.Wyndham, King, … More George Wyndham’s Dalwood Cricket Team

Miss Hayes and The Great Northern Hotel Album

Agnes Bridget/Beatrice Mary Hayes was born in 1853 in Tipperary, Ireland. She came to Australia on 29th April 1854 as an assisted immigrant on the “Merchantman” with her parents Cornelius Hayes and Honora Hayes (nee Kennedy), with three siblings; Mary Ann, Honoria, and Joseph. By 1856 the Hayes family were living in Maitland N.S.W and … More Miss Hayes and The Great Northern Hotel Album

Fraternal Societies – Secretive, Biblical and Fantastic Show-Offs

Fraternal Societies – Secretive, Biblical and Fantastic Show-Offs By Dr Bob James [This is a the web version of a presentation delivered at the meeting of the Hunter Living Histories, 1 April 2019 at NewSpace] I’m supposed to start with a joke. This is the best I can do. [2] Please note my web site … More Fraternal Societies – Secretive, Biblical and Fantastic Show-Offs

John Wyndham on Dalwood for the Bordeaux Wine Exhibition (1882)

BORDEAUX WINE EXHIBITION 1882 Questions to be answered by Exhibitor Exhibitors were required to answer a series of questions about their vineyard’s original vegetation, soils, site, age of vines, vine varieties, wines produced, production costs, prices, awards and vineyard history. John Wyndham’s answers provide a rare, incredibly detailed, valuable, and hitherto unrevealed insight into the … More John Wyndham on Dalwood for the Bordeaux Wine Exhibition (1882)

Maitland Flood Scenes Photographed by Elijah Hart (1864-1870?)

The State Library of Victoria holds a set of photographs by Elijah Hart (c.1821-1893) depicting Maitland (N.S.W) and  which they date to 1857 located at http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/86377 Researcher Mr Peter F. Smith has provided evidence that all four images could not date from 1857, but probably date, at the earliest, from the 1864 to 1870 Maitland … More Maitland Flood Scenes Photographed by Elijah Hart (1864-1870?)

Selected Historic Records of Dalwood Vineyard

    DALWOOD RAINFALL RECORDS 1865 – 1893 By Don Seton Wilkinson Colonial era weather records are few and far between. The Bureau of Meteorology considers that the Rainfall records from Dalwood, Branxton, NSW are the oldest accurate rainfall records in its collection. Between 1865 and 1885 the monthly rainfall was recorded by John Wyndham … More Selected Historic Records of Dalwood Vineyard

Important Moments in Newcastle History

A History Survey (Sept-Oct 2018) co-ordinated by Brendan Josevski for UON Cultural Collections found that the following themes associated with Newcastle were mentioned frequently by participants in the survey. General/Convict History Convict Lumberyard Royal Newcastle Hospital Newcastle Earthquake Newcastle Post Office Star Hotel Riot This post provides a general historical overview of these themes. For … More Important Moments in Newcastle History